|An ecosystem includes a wide variety of living and non-living organisms
and their interactions. These interactions take place within one or several
environments. If these environments contain enough resources of the right
type, in the right proportion and proximity, they will support healthy
growing ecosystems. To survive, environments must adapt to new conditions
and demands constantly. The richer and more varied an environment, the
more chance it has to survive and thrive.
In the modern workplace, we tend to discount the importance of the physical environment. Its effect on productivity is seldom noted, except when basic standards such as lighting or temperature control are inadequate or fail. Workers are expected to adjust their processes to the environment
What type of environments promote thriving creative, collaborative work ecosystems? Environments that facilitate work are integrated systems, providing optimum access to tools and flow of information. The physical environment design supports effective organization and display and access to information and tools. The physical environment has to be adaptable and flexible to meet the needs of the immediate work and changing work conditions.
These elements together promote good health and optimum daily management. The feel of the placeóthe pattern languageórich sensory appeal, and strong use of natural components and live plants is conducive to better health and creativity, as are freedom from clutter and disorder.
For the next few days, be very conscious of your environment. What do you want to accomplish each day? What resources and conditions do you need? What do you have to do to get those resources? Is your body comfortable? Does your work environment "feel" pleasant? What can you do to improve your work environment? What is stopping you from doing it?